Verlan

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Definition

le verlan : a form of French slang in which parts of words are inverted nom masculin

In verlan, in general, the syllables of a word are swapped. The word verlan itself is formed from l’envers (à l’envers means ‘backwards’).

femme → fe-mme → mme-fe → ‘meuf (woman)
fête → fe-te → te-fe → ‘teuf‘ (party)
fou → ou-f → ‘ouf’ (crazy, nuts)

Examples

  • "- Apprendre un mot de verlan par jour ;"

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